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Big MOOC On Campus: Georgia Tech's $6,600 MS In CS

MobyTurbo Re:Returning start-up drop outs? (163 comments)

Pretty much, the quality of everything from the +5 posts to the troll posts used to be a lot higher a decade ago. Now, even the trolls lack imagination and much of the "insightful" posting is just parroting whatever group think is en vogue at the moment.

Someone who's nearly the millionth user, number 940851, shouldn't be commenting on the "good old days". (Neither should I, but I'm not doing that. :) )

1 year,8 days
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Too Many Smart People Chasing Too Many Dumb Ideas?

MobyTurbo Re:Nonsense (376 comments)

Throwing away my mod points for this. George W. Bush started offering subsidized mobile phones to poor people because it's actually more expensive to give them a land-line. (Prepaid phone service is also priced cheaper than a land-line, something poor people get when they don't qualify for a free phone.) Also, would you rather have people who need to apply for work, and need emergency services, have no phone at all? I suspect the way that it keeps poor people from being unable to apply for jobs at all pays for itself program-wise. (A third of all welfare recipients get off of welfare within 3 years time, would you rather they be unable to apply for jobs because they can't afford a phone?)

about a year ago
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Microsoft Developer Explains Why Windows Kernel Development Falls Behind

MobyTurbo Re:Windows has no future (347 comments)

This reminds me of what people said about the PS3's exotic cell processor and what it would do to gaming. The problem with that rosy view of Sony's CPU prowress on their consoles is one thing: It doesn't have an upgradable GPU. PCs have an upgradable GPU, which means that despite having a worse bus for multicore (not nearly as bad as you say by the way), all of that multicore CPU oomph doesn't matter when you have a much more up to date GPU on the PC. When gaming, GPUs, and a power supply to drive them (which is why they have to be custom-built desktops most of the time), are what matters. Not the multi-core CPUs that are in both consoles and PCs, at least, not beyond a certain point of diminishing returns. Right now, a PS4 is very nice by the way, because its GPU is just under the top tier of GPUs. In another year or two, that'll no longer be the case, and in another 5 years, well, even a mobile ARM GPU might be ready to outperform it. (Which is why this is often called the "final console generation".)

about a year ago
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How ISPs Collude To Offer Poor Service

MobyTurbo Re:Right (207 comments)

This will happen as likely as the Democrats actually passing a formal balanced budget. I wish American business was as much about the customer as it is about the bottom line. You know, you can do both.

I hate to get partisan, I didn't even vote all Democrat last election, but the only two Presidents with a post-war balanced budget (actually a surplus) were Bill Clinton and Lyndon Bains Johnson, both Democrats. Today's Republicans, on the other hand, have manged to convince everyone, essentially with corperatist propaganda, that the best way to balance the budget is to cut taxes on the wealthy (i.e. bring less money into the government), and not touch a dime of the Department of Defences' money (the majority of Federal government spending), and then somehow cutting the remaining welfare (less than 10% of the budget) without causing riots or starvation will somehow balance the budget rather than a sound fisical approach. They've been trotting out this "cut taxes on billionaires and it'll bring in more revenue" farce since the "Laffer curve" in the late 70s, using largely discredited models of supply-side economics dating back from the late 1920s. (In other words, the type of economics that leads to worldwide depressions.) Then people wonder why the government seems like it's going to fall like a house of cards financially, and take the rest of the country with it.

I'm not particularly happy with Obama either, mind you, he's quite incompetent at dealing with the mess that Congress hands him, a necessary part of the job of any President, and is really George W. Bush II (with different rhetoric to confuse the peoons) in terms of his actual policies. I should also note that I'm not a liberal or conservative, just someone who's responsible who's tired of seeing our elected officials act like spoiled children on the corporate and special interest doles.

about a year and a half ago
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Compared to my siblings ...

MobyTurbo marketing surveys now? (178 comments)

Come on /., you're doing a marketing survey? What, slashdot is going to give over that information to some online ad company? For what it's worth, I have less "formal" education than my siblings, but you'll have to put that information into your database manually. :-)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Console For the Kids This Holiday?

MobyTurbo Re:"three kids under 9" = Wii / Wii U (267 comments)

I think, if I recall correctly, that Xbox no longer requires Xbox Gold to use Netflix. It also displays it in 720p (optionally scaled up to 1080p) rather than in standard def like a Wii. That having been said, lots of other media sources on the Xbox still require the "gold tax", as does multiplayer gaming. Every now and then you can get Xbox Live prepaid 12 or 13 month cards on sale though, sometimes for less than the usual $49 yearly rate. Also, this "Black Friday" at Target, you can get for $10 a 3 month Xbox Live card, which is fairly good if you don't want to wait, maybe they'd allow you to get multiple cards at that price too, which is much lower than the usual price for 3 month cards.

(Whatever you do, don't buy Xbox Live from Microsoft directly, they not only charge you more, they make it very difficult to unsubscribe. It's better to get a prepaid card for this, so MS can't rip you off. :-) )

about 2 years ago
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NYC Taxi Commission Nixes Cab-Hailing Apps

MobyTurbo Re:Turf Wars ... limo vs cabs (264 comments)

There's a reason that the police and Taxi & Limosine Commision conducts sting operations to make sure that drivers are following the law. The main ones being: you can't charge handicapped passengers more, you can't kick someone out for wanting to go to a hospital, you can't discriminate based on race, and you can't refuse service based on destination.

They need to do more of these sting operations, because I've been refused service countless times trying to get a cab from Manhattan to Brooklyn - even though I even live in a part of Brooklyn that's just across the river from Manhattan! On the other hand, I've never been refused service based on using a smartphone app to get a limo - I like the idea of taxis doing this, it means I won't almost always have to use car services to get to Brooklyn.

about 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

I should also add, the Jewish sabbath is approaching and I won't be able to use my computer for approximately 25 hours. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

"Realistic" is, first and foremost, about being consistent with observable facts. Given that we have plenty of evidence of human settlements from before 5772 years ago - like, you know, numerous tools and even some buildings - as well as having a considerable fossil record that nicely outlines our evolution as a species - it sounds to me like " running around in our drawers for over 500,000 years" is a perfectly realistic claim.

I hate to cop-out, but reading a book on the subject of creation by an Orthodox Rabbi (some of whom, such as Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, are even accredited scientists.) might disabuse you of some of these notions. ;-) There really isn't enough space here to debunk these claims thoroughly, except to begin with the fact that they fly in the face of logic, as I noted.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

So, simply put, the Jews know that the world was created in six literal days, and that all of humanity literally came from Adam and Eve?

Simply put, you're putting it too simply. That having been said, in a sense you're pretty close, yeah, as the commentaries don't actually deny the basic facts. That having been said, this isn't the only world that G-d created, in the Midrash, G-d "created and destroyed worlds". The Tiferes Yisroel on the Mishnah writes, that this explains phenomena such as dinosaur fossils. (He wrote this in the late 18th century CE, long before Darwin, incidentally.)

I'd actually posit that humanity beginning 5772 years ago is a lot more realistic than claiming that we were running around in our drawers for over 500,000 years (or a hundred times that of recorded history, to put it in perspective.) prior to discovering civilization with these big brains that are so obviously made for this.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

True, but when it all comes down to it, one is still believing in a floating guy in space that made everything. It's a bit weird.

Actually, Orthodox Judaism insists that G-d is not corporal in any way, who, in the Maimonidean formulation, creates the universe via knowledge of himself. So, strictly speaking, belief in a floating guy in space is not what we believe in. The Rambam (Maimonidies) even brands any corporal attributes (except as scriptural allegory of course) a heresy, though the commentary of the Ra'avad disagrees about that.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

Even orthodox Jews don't take all the stories in the bible as literal. They study them as lessons to learn. Devout religious belief is about much more than taking the religion's documents literally.

That's not true. Jews are required to know that the Tanach is historically true, although they recognize that the book's emphasis is on moral education and spiritual refinement. What Jews are not required to believe is that every midrash and aggadeta in the oral law is literally true.

Right, but you wouldn't describe Rashi's or Ramban's understanding of peshat, the plain meaning, to be identical to that of l'havdil elef havdolos, a fundamentalist xtian preacher - would you? Even the peshat is often viewed through the lens of the Oral Torah, its interpretation.

more than 2 years ago
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Analytic Thinking Can Decrease Religious Belief

MobyTurbo Re:Surely just any thinking at all would do it (1258 comments)

Actually, Orthodox Jews are not total literalists (though the layer of peshat, the plain meaning, which is often quite different than the meaning people take from say the KJV, "still remains" as the Talmud says), but they are a form of inerrantist. Speaking as an Orthodox Jew myself.

This doesn't make much sense within the Protestant belief spectrum, especially in the US, but essentially we believe in an authoritative system of interpretation that can only be learned, and internalized, after much intensive study. So much for religiosity and analytical thought being at odds, I found Talmudic study much more difficult and challenging intellectually than my college courses actually.

Of course, there is also a faith component as well, and although it doesn't have the xtian "credo absurdum est" promoted as part of it's credo, if one studies mussar and chasidic works they are more on the "emotional side" and address those intutitive as opposed to analytical tendencies a bit more, albeit in a much more rationalistic framework than the authors of the study were probably addressing. (Mussar and Chabad Chassidus are both emotive and very systematic compared to the faith of other right-wing adherants.)

I often wonder if there was a reason why Mr. Spock of Star Trek was casted to be played by Leonard Nimoy, who's Jewish. (And even uses some Jewish religious symbology such as the Cohenic sign in the shape of the letter "shin" in the hand shape he uses "Live long and prosper") Of course, this is probably an irrational assumption as Kirk and Chekov were both Jewish actors as well, it probably was a Holywood conspiracy. ;-)

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

MobyTurbo Re:Windows Mobile? (154 comments)

I should also point out that Google allows vendors to disable that option, and AT&T at one time had all of their Android handsets shipped with that option disabled.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

MobyTurbo Re:Windows Mobile? (154 comments)

My point exactly. The grandparent-post seemed to be indicating this was something you could do with Android, and not with Windows Mobile.

Windows Phone 7, on the other hand, has to be jailbroken - because Microsoft seems to think copying Apple is a good idea now.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Shut Down App Store For Windows Mobile

MobyTurbo Re:Windows Mobile? (154 comments)

You can run unsigned code on Android. There's an option you can enable in the settings. Then you can just drop a .apk onto the device via USB, wifi, whatever, and install it manually.

You can download CAB files, or use special EXE files, to install stuff outside of Microsoft's app store on Windows Mobile too.No option enabling required. In fact, before they made their app store, that was the only way to do it. The best app store for winmo is Omarket anyway, which offers tons of freeware for download instead of the expensive (especially in MS's store) winmo commercial apps.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

MobyTurbo Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

I know I'm going to regret this, but since you seem to be a tolerant person of good will, I will respond honestly and respectfully. Hopefully neither of us are like the people who want to execute that poor journalist this article was about, and can tolerate each other's human rights to think what we wish to think.

John 14:11 is perhaps the second-most obvious (though there are countless other examples): "Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves."

Absent the claim about believing through miracles, a claim of a prophet that is explicitly rejected in the Torah as a method of proof. The test is if he asks us to change our religion, in which case he is a false prophet, not if he produces miracles - which the Torah tells us to not heed. The rest of that sentence, by the way, about G-d being in one etc, could nearly be said by any Chabad Chasid, though not in precisely those words.

In this text, he's using "in" in an existential manner; it refers to coexistence and coequality of essence and substance.

You're adding in the trintarian stuff now, do you really want to try to prove the Council of Nicene from the NT?!

The most-most obvious, however, is John 8:58: "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." This is the crucial one because "Yahweh" is simply ancient Hebrew for "I am." At the time, there were something like four or five extant claims to being the messiah. But the one guy calling himself Yahweh was considered a blasphemer.

YKVK is more than just I Am, it's the ground of existence, being and becoming to put it in western terms, something none of flesh and blood could claim of themselves. That's getting into theological territory, however. There is a reason why the other claimants to being the messiah got more Jewish followers, such as Bar Kochba who had many thousands of Jewish followers including Rabbi Akiva shortly after the events depicted in the NT, or Sabbatai Tzvi who had half a million followers in the 17th century CE before his apostacy to Islam. We believe in the Tanakh's description of what the messiah is, and not the author of the Gospel of John, and according to you, what the protagonist of the Gospels said of himself. We have no reason to believe that either our religion changed, or what our scriptures and traditions say the Messiah is, is not the case. There are many good reasons to believe, however, that xtianity is another religion other than Judaism.

After the destruction of the temple by the Romans, Judiasm has had a two-thousand-year identity crisis. Many Jews no longer believe in a moshiach. Others think the moshiach will be just an event, or an idea. A mere concept that will somehow change the world. But in the original Hebrew texts (from before 200 CE, so predating talmudic texts like the mishnah), the moshiach was definitely a person.

I don't wish to be disrespectful, but you are misinformed about Jewish history, and Jewish texts, and overall Jewish belief outside of the Reform and Conservative movements which only began recently and themselves claim to be a "progression" from prior beliefs anyway so they wouldn't disagree with my assessment. The Mishnah and Gemara and all Orthodox Jews (i.e. all Jews until about a hundred and fifty years ago) believe the messiah is a person. Definitely a person, not a deity, or even a mere idea. A person, nearly as great as Moses our Teacher, who will transform the world for good, more than evil men have tried to transform the world for bad in the 20th century and other times.

The belief that he's a mere concept or event that you cite is that of Reform Judaism, not a "2,000 year identity crisis", but from a now almost uniquely American identity crisis. (Originally German, as Reform, was started to combat antisemitism in Germany by making Judiasm less "particular" and more like their more liberal neighbors. That didn't work too well, though before Hitler even in Germany it managed to produce a 85% intermarriage rate.)

I should add that it is your right and privilege to believe otherwise concerning who and what the Torah and prophets and writings teach the messiah is, and I wish you no ill will for having different beliefs than mine. After all, Jews don't believe only Jews get into heaven; so if you follow the 7 laws of Noach you'll be OK, and even if you don't, it is none of my business what you believe or do as long as it doesn't hurt me or others. We believe that all nations except for Amelek will repent when the Messiah comes, and that is when it is proper for non-Jews to change their beliefs to Noachide ones unless they wish of their own free will and persistence to do otherwise beforehand. As we Jews say, Shalom, peace, and I hope nothing I've written has irritated you merely by disagreeing with you, since after all, that's what separates us and the people who will probably execute that poor journalist.

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

MobyTurbo Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

The impression of fanaticism comes from the few noisy/powerful fanatics. Who probably sit and read news reports about the few noisy/powerful fanatical Christians in the West.

I know someone who worked in Saudi Arabia, which is the only way foreigners are allowed to visit there except for the Hajj. They indeed cut off hands for theft, and heads for blasphemy. The latter, executions by sword, are performed by the hundreds per-year there in public stadiums. Maybe the average Saudi Arabian is a peaceful modern-day westerner in his outlook, I'm not a mind-reader. The average Saudi Arabian, however, does not vote, as they have a monarchy, and the only opposition to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia there are even more religiously fanatical and anti-western (if that can be believed) than the Monarchy itself, i.e. Al-Qaeda. Have you actually traveled extensively in the Muslim world, or do you just blindly assume it's like the US except for with turbans or something?

more than 2 years ago
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Journalist Arrested By Interpol For Tweet

MobyTurbo Re:and where is exactly the problem? (915 comments)

The second question was obviously rhetorical, and meant to point out that the one talking to him was skirting the point of acknowledging that he is God. He acknowledged his Godhood on several other occasions, making this one out to be a denial is to ignore the rest of his words.

Out of idle curiosity, and it really is idle because I'm not a believer in the NT even if he does say that, where exactly does he say that plainly? I don't mean just reinterpreting something he said as a rhetorical denial, I mean a place where he says. "I am the son of God" or "I am God". Incidentally, the Jewish version of the messiah is not a deity-in-flesh kind of thing, so if he said he was the Messiah (which he doesn't appear to quite owe up to either) he isn't saying that. I also mean "red letter" stuff, as the apostles were mostly gentiles or highly assimilated Jews who spoke Greek who were quite probably previously members of groups such as Mithraism prior to their becoming members of the new faith, and the Greco-Roman culture wasn't exactly known for a lack of syncretic tendencies.

more than 2 years ago

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Palm no longer offers PDAs.

MobyTurbo MobyTurbo writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MobyTurbo writes "Palm's official website, which sold the entire range of Palm products, now no longer offers or mentions, outside of some accessories, Palm PDAs. Only their Treo and Centro phones. The new website is spruced up to prepare for Nova, a new Linux based OS for phones, reportedly to be announced at CES tomorrow, but part of the "Newness at Palm" apparently is to no longer sell PDAs. Oddly, the company reported that PDAs accounted for about 15% of their sales, a significant figure for most businesses, even though their last PDA, the Palm TX, was created in 2005."
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Jean-Louis Gassee on Mobile Me "Vulture Critic

MobyTurbo MobyTurbo writes  |  about 6 years ago

MobyTurbo writes "In an article on Roughly Drafted Magazine, Daniel Eran Dilger claims that Jean Louis-Gassee is a "vulture critic" for commenting on Mobile Me. The article is very interesting though, and contains a brief history of NeXT, Be, and Apple under Sculley and Gassee."
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Apple finally patched the DNS bug

MobyTurbo MobyTurbo writes  |  about 6 years ago

MobyTurbo writes "Apple has finally patched the DNS and ARDAgent exploits, along with a couple of others, that have been known to Apple for two months. Details from Apple are listed, and the tardiness was previously reported here. Note that even Microsoft had patched the issue a month ago. It's good at least that they finally patched it, I was worried after I saw the iTunes 7.7.1 update that was apparently important enough to precede it that I'd have to wait until OS X 10.5.5 was released."
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RMS endorses genius bar DDOS in mailing list

MobyTurbo MobyTurbo writes  |  about 6 years ago

MobyTurbo writes "Richard Stallman, in an email to a popular Linux mailing list, has stated his strong approval for the DDOS of Apple Genius Bars by protesters booking multiple sessions at the genius bar as a form of protest. He also stated "I am not a supporter of Linux" in the email.

The style of writing in the email appears to be that of RMS, it appears genuine."

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Jihadists to attack servers via MMORPG training

MobyTurbo MobyTurbo writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MobyTurbo (537363) writes "According to an article on the BBC website a congressional report says that intelligence agents are on the lookout for Jihadists getting their training in attacking things like "BGP servers" by playing World of Warcraft and Second Life. They will be on the lookout for "statistically unusual" behavior in World of Warcraft in order to fight this menace."
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